Anchorage Reads 2021 Launches February 1st

Anchorage Reads is a community led program to promote reading, literacy and community-building by inspiring people of different ages and backgrounds to talk about the same book.

Groups and individuals are encouraged to participate by reading the book, attending events or organizing their own.

This year, we have selected Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds. The Anchorage Public Library works to ensure that all people in Anchorage have free and equal access to information, and this goal cannot be achieved without addressing racial and social inequity. By choosing Stamped and Stamped from the Beginning, Anchorage Reads and the Anchorage Public Library seek to build a community where we can learn from each other and work together to create a better future for everyone. 

Scroll down for a complete list of Anchorage Reads events, suggested supplemental reading and film lists, a reader’s guide, and much more!

Getting a copy

You can check out a copy of either book from the Anchorage Public Library. 

Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds

More information about other opportunities to get a copy of the books coming soon. 

Reading & discussion guide

Download the reading guides using the links below. These reading guides were created by Youth4Change, a BIPOC youth group facilitated by Story Works Alaska. 

download section 1

download section 2

Book club discussions

Join book club discussions to talk about what you're learning with other community members. These will be facilitated by community leaders and each month we'll discuss a different section of the book. You are welcome to join for any of the book clubs that interest you, whether it's one or all of them.

You are also encouraged to organize your own book club discussion with friends, family, at your workplace, at your church.

Meeting times for book clubs to be announced. Links to join the virtual book club meetings will be posted here.

Thursday, February 18, 6 - 7 PM
The Origin of Racist Ideas

At this month's book club discussion, we will be discussing Part 1 of Stamped from the Beginning and Section 1 of Stamped, both of which cover the origin and development of racist ideas over the years 1415-1728. You can read either book to participate. Please register at the link below starting February 1.

Register here

Thursday, March 18, 6 - 7 PM
Created Equal

At this month's book club discussion, we will be discussing Part 2 of Stamped from the Beginning and Section 2 of Stamped, both of which cover the founding of the United States and the formation of its formative documents over the years 1743-1826. You can read either book to participate. Please register at the link below starting March 1.

register here

Thursday, April 15, 6 - 7 PM
Ready for Freedom

At this month's book club discussion, we will be discussing Part 3 of Stamped from the Beginning and Section 3 of Stamped, both of which cover the the arc from abolition movements, the Civil War, and Reconstruction over the years 1826-1879. You can read either book to participate. Please register at the link below starting April 1.

Register here

Thursday, May 20, 6 - 7 PM
Birth of a Nation & Jim Crow

At this month's book club discussion, we will be discussing Part 4 of Stamped from the Beginning and Section 4 of Stamped, both of which cover the evolution of the country after the Civil War and the implementation of Jim Crow laws over the years 1868-1963. You can read either book to participate. Please register at the link below starting May 1.

Register here

Thursday, June 17, 6 - 7 PM
Civil Rights & Beyond

At this month's book club discussion, we will be discussing Part 5 and the Epilogue of Stamped from the Beginning and Section 5 and the Afterword of Stamped, both of which cover the Civil Rights movement and beyond from 1963 to today. You can read either book to participate. Please register at the link below starting June 1. 

register here


Panel discussions

Panel discussions will be hosted by community partners and will feature community leaders who will discuss the topics covered in both books with a particular focus on how issues impact Alaska. Discussions are live at the listed times below and recordings of each discussion will be made available.

Sunday, February 21, 7 - 8 PM

Race, health & healthy communities
Co-hosted by the Alaska Black Caucus

register here

March, date TBD

Education & Racism

April, date TBD

Race & Policing

May, date TBD

Housing, lending, and the economic impacts of racism

June, date TBD

Race & Criminal justice

Further resources

Here are more resources to learn about race, racism, and social justice.

more resources